Red Wings beat up Bruins, 6-1

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Red Wings beat up Bruins, 6-1

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Two nights after one of the most exciting hockey games in TD Garden history, it seemed the Bruins used all their energy against the Montreal Canadiens, and fell to the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 on Friday night.

Bruins coach Claude Julien gave Tim Thomas the night off, but it certainly wasnt Tuukka Rasks night, as he allowed five goals on 19 shots through the first two periods, forcing Julien to replace him with Tim Thomas to begin the third period.

In fact, the Red Wings scored on their first two shots of the night, as Todd Bertuzzi beat Rask with a slap shot from the right circle, just 1:10 into the game, and Dan Cleary put a puck through Rasks five-hole two minutes later, both shots that Rask probably wishes he could have back.

David Krejci scored his first goal since Dec. 27, with 2:07 left in the first period, finishing a nice pass out front by Milan Lucic while on the power play. The goal cut Detroits lead to 2-1, but the Red Wings answered with three goals on seven shots in the second period, a period in which the Bruins were held scoreless on 11 shots.

Detroits first two goals of the second werent necessarily Rasks fault, but the Red Wings fifth of the night certainly was.

With 3:22 left in the period, Rask stepped out of the crease and attempted to swing a puck behind his own net. He whiffed on the shot, and Bertuzzi picked up the loose puck behind the net and banked a shot off Rask and in for the 5-1 lead.

Thomas allowed a Tomas Holmstrom power-play goal with 6:09 left in the third, adding insult to injury.
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Bruins fall into second wild-card spot as Leafs win again

Bruins fall into second wild-card spot as Leafs win again

Things went about as badly as they could have for the Bruins on Wednesday night, resulting in them waking up Thursday morning as the second wild-card team . . . and just a couple of missteps from being out of the playoff structure entirely.

The Toronto Maple Leafs took down the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2, and the New York Islanders came back to beat the New York Rangers, 3-2, so both teams gained ground on the idle B’s. Toronto has passed the Bruins by a point for third place in the Atlantic Division with a game still in hand, and the Isles are just two points behind the Bruins while also holding a game in hand.

According to Hockey Reference’s web site the Bruins still have a 78.3 percent chance of making the playoffs, but that number dropped significantly from where it was prior to the back-to-back losses to Toronto and Ottawa earlier this week.

The Bruins remain very much in control of their destiny, but they need wins against Tampa Bay on Thursday and (especially) against the Isles in Brooklyn this weekend.

All of this is because the Bruins have hit their first bump under interim coach Bruce Cassidy, a three-game losing streak that eroded the playoff cushion they enjoyed over the teams chasing them. It's raised some blood-pressure levels locally, since the B’s have missed the playoffs in each of the last two years due to late season collapses (going 3-8-1 in their final 12 games last year, and losing 9 of their final 14 two years ago).

“You have to obviously look forward. [You] definitely don’t dwell on the past and don’t look at the past two years,” said Patrice Bergeron following the loss to Ottawa on Tuesday night. “It’s not even something we should think about at this point. It’s about us finding ways and us obviously being better and finding ways to win games. We’re playing good hockey, but not good enough to get the result.”
 
They'll attempt to get back on track tonight against the Lightning, who come to town just five points behind Boston and also badly in need of a win as they're riding their own three-game losing streak.